By Sean Creedon
The FAI say they will not appeal the £5,000 fine and four-match ban on Tony Cascarino which UEFA handed down following the ugly scenes at the end of the second leg Euro 2000 playoff against Turkey in Bursa last month.
Because Cascarino announced his retirement after the game, the ban will not affect him, but it could rule him out of his own testimonial game next May.
The FAI were also fined £5,000 after a bottle was thrown on the pitch in the first leg at Lansdowne Road.
Carruth may quit
Former Olympic boxing champion Michael Carruth says he will hang up his gloves if he is appointed National coaching coordinator for the IABA. The 32-year-old Carruth, who has been struggling since turning professional, is among six candidates who have been interviewed for the job.
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May for Drogheda
There’s a big difference between Drogheda United and Pakistan, but Englishman Eddie May opted for the struggling Irish club instead of an international job last week. May, who has previously managed Dundalk, replaces Martin Lawlor, who quit the Boynesiders last week.
Keane doubtful for U.S.
It now looks like Roy Keane and Denis Irwin will not be traveling with the Irish squad to the United States for the Nike Cup next June.
Both players say that they need a rest after another hectic season with Manchester United.
New club for Scanlon
Sligo cyclist Mark Scanlon will relaunch his career with a new club next month. A recurring knee injury had hampered his progress with the Rabobank team in Holland. But after intensive treatment from sport injury therapist Gerard Hartmann in Limerick, the 19-year-old Sligo cyclist is back now in full training. Scanlon has now joined French team Etups and he will link up with his new colleagues on Jan. 9.
"We will be based in Belfort, close to the Swiss border and early in January we will be going to Spain for some warm weather training," he said.
Redmond coaching gig
After many years lining out for Dublin in many of their epic battles against Meath, Charlie Redmond is now coaching in the Royal County. Redmond has recently been appointed manager of Intermediate side Donaghmore-Ashbourne. He was previously in charge of the Louth club St. Mary’s of Ardee. Redmond is originally from Finglas in North Dublin and, like many of his neighbors, Fingallians tend to move to the expanding Meath village of Ashbourne when they get married.
Honors for Best
George Best is to be inducted into the International Football Hall of Champions during next month’s FIFA World Player gala. The former Northern Ireland star will join Brazilians Didi and Zico and former Dutch striker Marco van Basten as new members in the group, the only Hall of Fame recognized by FIFA.